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Millwrights or E lectromechanicians install and maintain heavy machinery used in industry. They perform maintenance work on production machines, electrically driven machines and electronic control gear.
The work is both mechanical and electrical. It involves dismantling, fault detection, repairing and in some cases, the manufacturing of parts, as well as the maintenance, reconstruction and installation of machinery.
With modern developments toward automation, this trade also requires knowledge of electronics as applied to the control of heavy electrically driven equipment. Millwrights should therefore have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machine components.
Fault detection is one of the major responsibilities, as well as the installation of new machinery. In most cases the machine has to be dismantled before it is possible to determine where the fault lies. As it is often not possible to replace the defective component immediately, an electromechanician or millwright must be able to make temporary repairs, so that the machine can be used until the correct parts are available. This requires specialized knowledge of fitting. They must therefore have a thorough knowledge of the manufacturing of machined components .
It is assumed that learners embarking on learning towards this qualification are in possession of:
Electrical Trade Theory
NCV Level 4
Completed with 7 subjects
(40% or higher is required)
GR 12 Mathematics
* 40% or higher is required
* Maths Literacy is not accepted
A further one week will be used to equip learners with life skills to ensure their competitive advantage in the working environment.
Four weeks are allowed for trade finishing.
The mentor will sign off a task in his/her logbook when the learner has been tested and has mastered the task. All applicable modules must be completed and signed off before the trade test is done
Some millwrights have to travel, especially those who work for construction companies, and therefore work in a variety of settings on site. Millwrights sometimes have to work long hours under difficult conditions and great tension to find and repair faults.
- Machinery manufacturers